The leading Indian newspaper, in a report says pellet gun victims in occupied Kashmir have been diagnosed with depressive disorders. A study carried out by Srinagar’s Government Medical College on 380 pellet injury patients shows that the victims are living with anxiety and depression.
The report revealed that hundreds of restless pellet victims in all major towns and villages find it hard to cope with the trauma of being hit by pellet shotguns. According to a 2016 survey by the Geneva-based Medecins Sans Frontieres, nearly 1.8 million (45%) adults in the Kashmir Valley are experiencing symptoms of mental distress, with 41% exhibiting probable depression, 26% having anxiety, and 19% ailing from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
According to various government and non-governmental data, the number of pellet victims in occupied Kashmir since the pellet shotgun was introduced in 2010 is between 10,000 to 20,000 persons.
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17 November, 2019